Cast On, Kill Off (A Knitting Mystery)
by Maggie Sefton
Cover Artist: Chris O'Leary
Review by Gayle Surrette
Berkley Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9780425247594
Date: 05 June 2012 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK
Cast On, Kill Off is the latest in Maggie Sefton's Knitting Mysteries. Wedding bells are going to ring for Megan and Kelly Flynn, and the knitters of Lambspun are all excited about the event. For Kelly that means everyone is pushing her and Steve to get back together again -- because everyone hopes that one wedding will lead to others.
Megan is an organizational wizard and has her entire wedding planned to the second, including getting the brides maid dresses done, the flowers, and the food. She's barely kept from a full melt-down whenever anything varies from the checklist. Her sister getting pregnant and no longer fitting the Maid of Honor dress nearly sends her over the top -- until the dressmaker, Zoe, is found dead in her car.
No one will feel safe until the murderer is found. The main suspect is Zoe's abusive husband, but there are several others who'd gain if Zoe were dead. Before she knows it, Kelly is once more finding herself adding up the numbers and finding them just a little too neat and tidy. But now she passes her thoughts on to the police and tries very hard to stay out of the danger.
Central to the plot is the idea that people aren't necessarily who or what they seem. Kelly and many of the Lambspun knitters find that their perceptions of people and events have been manipulated. It's only after the solution that all the threads unravel to show just how much was real and how much was manipulation.
Astute reader's may figure it out prior to the ending but even if they do -- the company on the journey to the last page is just as important as the solution to the crime.